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13 October 2019

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield - Book Review

Just as The Celestine Prophecy is about coincidences and secrets being handed down from friend to friend, from generation to generation, it was my friend Emmi who recommended I read this unique, eye-opening story. While the tale of The Celestine Prophecy is a very simple one, written in an easy style any English student could follow, its content and teachings are very deep and provide food for 
thought to both those who are following a spiritual journey and those who are only beginning to.

The main character, whose name is never revealed throughout the book, becomes reacquainted with an old friend, who tells him about a manuscript dating to 600 BC in Peru containing some illuminating Insights. The manuscript has been kept secret for centuries, and has recently been found, but powerful figures within the Peruvian government and the Catholic Church are trying to oppose the dissemination of the InsightsAfter this encounter, he decides to fly to Peru, where his quest starts. Along his journey, he meets a historian and other people from the US who have flown to Peru to also find the manuscript, as well as some locals who are studying the insights. He gradually gets to discover some of the Insights and to experience them and share them with the people he meets on his journey.

I don't want to spoil the book by telling everything about the insights, however, there is one that particularly stuck with me, which is the fourth one: that in an interaction between two people, more often than not, one dominates and the other is dominated. The former sucks the vital energy out of the latter in order to feel more powerful and come out of the conflict feeling stronger. Once this dynamic is understood, humans would immediately begin to transcend this conflict.

Another idea that stuck with me, is that it's necessary to stop and remember, as often as needed, to reconnect to your own energy of love. Once you are in a state of love, nothing nor anyone can pull more energy from you than you can replace. Which goes back to the fourth insight, maintaining that by being full of love you wouldn't get involved in such a conflict.

Many friends who have read a translated version of the book told me it was very badly written. While the Italian translation might have actually been quite bad, I found that the simple style of the novel really helped emphasise the meaning of the insights. James Redfield himself claimed that his intention was to write a parable, a story meant to illustrate a point or teach a lesson, a while he did not mention the style, he certainly managed to attain this purpose. 

Have you read The Celestine Prophecy? What did you think?


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